Animal Care Research Associate

Angiocrine Bioscience, Inc.
La Jolla, CA
Closing date
Oct 24, 2021

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Science, Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research Associate

The Animal Care Research Associate position is primarily responsible for drug administration, providing surgical and related technical support, performing various physiological analyses and biological assays, and for rodent handling and colony maintenance in support of the Senior Scientists and lab research goals. Other duties include assisting with general laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance, ordering of supplies, cell culture, etc.

Position Responsibilities and Requirements:

Animal Management, Sample Acquisition, and Drug Dosing
  • Providing routine veterinary care including observing animals to assess health, welfare, and possible impact of research manipulation
  • Drug administration using various introduction techniques.
  • Blood sample collection.
  • Participating in surgery, both under direction of Senior Scientist and solo.
  • Rodent physiological assays
  • Tissue processing for histology
  • Maintaining breeding colonies, ensuring accurate record keeping, and breeding techniques
  • Genotyping animals

Lab support
  • Preparation of drugs/reagents for administration
  • Tissue sample processing and bioanalytical analysis (ELISA, etc.)
  • Assist with inventory of lab supplies
  • Assist with stocking and organizing incoming lab supplies
  • Assist with preparing standard media and solutions
  • Human and mammalian cell culture

Data analysis
  • Assist with compiling and graphing of animal weight, physiological response, etc.
  • Assist with processing and analysis of histological images
  • Assist with compilation of data into organized records of animal responses to drug treatment
  • Assist with preparing slides and presentations for reporting of data to project managers

Required Skills and Abilities
  • Previous experience as an animal technician or equivalent related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with rodent handling and physiological monitoring systems.
  • Impeccable records maintenance skills (animal tagging and I.D recording, weighing, genotyping results, etc.).
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory animal testing methods and data collection protocols, procedures, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory operations and/or procedures (i.e. pipetting, weighing, etc.).
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.
  • Ability to compute concentrations, establish dosages, and administer drugs to rodents.
  • Knowledge of agents, equipment, procedures, and techniques for the provision of anesthesia.
  • Knowledge of data collection and analysis techniques and tools, including use of Excel, maintenance of a proper lab notebook, etc.
  • Ability to establish and/or maintain veterinary/animal husbandry records.
  • Experience with basic surgical procedures for tissue and blood collection.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and/or MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment, and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.
  • Highly organized, effective at multitasking, adept at juggling changing priorities.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Desired Skills and Abilities
  • Certificate of Completion as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician.
  • Experience with basic surgical procedures in rodents.
  • Knowledge of more advanced data collection and analysis techniques and tools, including use of PrismGraphPad, ImageJ, LabChart.
  • Previous experience with biochemical and molecular assays (e.g. ELISA, etc.)
  • Ability to perform routine maintenance and repairs on veterinary and/or animal husbandry facilities and equipment.
  • Previous experience with PCR/genotyping of animals.
  • Knowledge of animal breeding techniques and requirements preferred.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field, or equivalent
  • Experience working as an animal technician, or in a position where similar duties were required

Physical, Mental, and Environmental Requirements
  • Requires occasional strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 30 pounds.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Will work with blood or human tissues and will require OSHA training and hepatitis B vaccination record.

Additional Non-Standard Work Schedule and Travel Requirements
  • Must have a car to drive between lab and vivarium facility.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule as required to support research needs, including some limited weekday evening, and daytime weekend hours.

Position Location:

This position is based in San Diego, CA

Angiocrine is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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